WASHINGTON — Three Americans who were jailed in Iran 12 months ago and are still detained are guilty of nothing, have never worked for the U.S. government and
never had any quarrel with the Iranian government, President Barack Obama said on Friday.
In an appeal for Tehran to free Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, Obama reminded Iran that it is a signatory to conventions on human rights that if honored would free the Americans.
"Their unjust detention has nothing to do with the issues that continue to divide the United States and the international community from the Iranian government," Obama's statement said. "This is a humanitarian imperative."
They were arrested last July 31 as they hiked along the Iraqi-Iranian border. Iran contends they are spies for the United States.